Scream for Help – USA, 1984

‘Alone and afraid… was she imagining or was it real…’

Teenager Christie Cromwell (Rachael Kelly) discovers that her stepfather and his cronies are trying to murder her mother and then her, but when she tells people, no one will believe her. Christie is forced to take matters into her own hands…

Scream for Help is a 1984 American horror thriller feature film directed and produced by Michael Winner (The Sentinel; The Nightcomers) from a screenplay by Tom Holland (The Beast Within and Psycho II and future director of Fright Night and Child’s Play). Irwin Yablans (Halloween, Blood Beach) served as executive producer. It stars Rachael Kelly, David Brooks, Marie Masters, Rocco Sisto, Lorita Lorre, Sandra Clark and Corey Parker (Friday the 13th Part V).

Former Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones provided the film’s symphonic score, with assistance from Jimmy Page on two tracks. The latter went on to score Winner’s Death Wish 3 soundtrack the following year.

Scream Factory has announced that Scream for Help is being released on Blu-ray on September 18, 2018.

Bonus Features:

  • New 2K scan from the original film elements
  • New Audio Commentary by the Hysteria Lives
  • New Cruel Intentions – an interview with writer Tom Holland
  • New Stepfather of the Year – an interview with actor David Allen Brooks
  • Theatrical Trailer

Reviews:

“Think Nancy Drew meets The Stepfather at The Breakfast Club, and you pretty much have the premise of Scream for Help nailed down … It’s one of the most unusual films of the 80s and a laugh riot.  The whole time you’re watching, you are never really sure if it was meant to be taken seriously or satirically.  I’d wager on the latter considering the talent involved, but it’s difficult to tell.” Thrill Me

CHRISTIE BLOOD

“Michael Winner of this period had a very peculiar way of shooting his films. The framing, dialogue and style of these pictures were off-kilter to say the least (um, Death Wish 3 anyone?) and for this one, his mad methods lend the film a pretty unique vibe. The film was shot in white-bread, picket fence land New Rochelle New York and that disjointed, occasionally lurid vibe Winner creates makes for a deliciously weird counterbalance.” Cinema Du Meep

“Holland’s script, besides featuring several nail-biting sequences, is very subversive. Having the sweet, innocent heroine perform the stalking and slashing under cuts the criticism from mainstream critics that slasher films are nothing more than scenes of evil men harming helpless women. Christie spills more blood and racks up a higher body count than the three villains.” Retro Slashers

Image credits: Wrong Side of the Art!

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Categories: 1980s, Blu-ray, slasher

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2 replies

  1. As good as possible with the meagre material out there…a Winner horror clean sweep!

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